Gaming Stock Surges after Smashing Earnings Estimates

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The wild ride for markets continues: they’re posting a fierce rally today after struggling with trade pessimism last week.  US rhetoric insisting that tariffs are the prelude to negotiation continues to salve investor fears—for now. Tech stocks, in particular, are leading today’s rally, with Facebook and Amazon posting nice gains. Investors may be trying to get a jump on a large slate of earnings results due for next week, which are widely expected to be positive.

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Today’s Top Performer: Turtle Beach, NASDAQ:HEAR

Gaming Headset Company Surges on Great First Quarter


Turtle Beach specializes in manufacturing high-end headsets for video-gamers, in addition to similar audio accessories. This morning, they announced projected first-quarter revenues well in excess of expectations. They’re expecting earnings around $3.5-4.5 million, over double their previously projected $1.5 million earnings for the quarter.

Such dramatic earnings beats routinely drive dramatic re-valuations by investors, and today is no exception. HEAR is sitting up over 30% at the time of this writing. That actually represents a substantial consolidation from earlier in the day’s trading, when the stock had more than doubled.

Overall revenues are now estimated at $40 million, also a nice bump over guidance of $29 million. Turtle Beach’s stock has been posting a nice march forward during recent months,  a welcome respite for a stock whose value had fallen far below 2015 peaks around $14.00.

While the retreat of recent months has created some more attractive valuations, we continue to operate in a steeply valued market climate. Earnings news can drive particularly dramatic price movement in this sort of environment: investors need to see growth to justify the valuations at which many firms are currently trading.

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